Reconfiguring Branch Header Piping

Headers should have a slight slope to allow drainage of condensate and drop legs from the bottom side of the header should be provided to allow collection and drainage of the condensate. The direction of the slope should be away from the compressor. Piping from the header to points-of-use should con- nect to the top or side of the header to avoid being filled with condensate. Drainage-drop legs from the bottom of the header should be installed to collect the condensate.

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Reconfiguring Branch Header PipingCosts & Benefits

Parent Process: Compressed Air Systems
Energy Savings Potential

This measure is estimated to offer following improvement potentials:
• 4% for low efficiency base cases;
• 3% for medium efficiency base cases;
• 1%for high efficiency base cases.

Electrical and primary energy savings potential of this technology for different countries is estimated as following (UNIDO, 2010):


  Final (GWh/y) Primary (TJ/y)
US  553 6073
Canada 151 1885
EU 501 4711
Thailand 77 778
Vietnam 35 497
brazil 107 1203
CO2 Emission Reduction Potential

Total emisson reduction potential, as kt CO2/y for different countries are estimated as (UNIDO, 2010): 

US 333
Canada 76
EU 218
Thailand 40
Vietnam 17
brazil 15


Estimated typical capital costs of this measure for different system sizes (S) are:
• US $2000  for S < 37 kW;
• US $3000 for 37 kW < S < 75 kW;
• US $6000 for 75 kW < S < 150 kW;
• US $10000 for 150 kW < S < 375 kW;
• US $ for15000 375 kW < S < 745 kW; (UNIDO, 2010)

Cost of conserved energy, expressed as US $/MWh-saved, in different countries are estimated as following (UNIDO, 2010):

US 110.9
Canada 113.2
EU 124.8
Thailand 49.5
Vietnam 48.7
brazil 58.1

Parent Process:
Energy Savings Potential
CO2 Emission Reduction Potential



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